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Today we have been amazed by the graceful of God through exploring his creation in our science lesson. Our new topic is botany. We use Exploring Creation With Botany — Young Explorer Series (Young Explorer (Apologia Educational Ministries)) accompanied by Botany Notebooking Journal for Exploring Creation with Botany (Young Explorer (Apologia Educational Ministries)). We really love using this book. Even I feel so regretful that we have just used it. We should have started it from the first time. Anyway, it is good for us to know this book, although it is late.
The Apologia Exploring Creation series are really different from other text books as it is in a form of story. It is similar with our world history that I posted here and here. Looking up the book I was pessimistic that my children would be able to grab things inside as it is quite thick and definitely it has a lot of letters. I made a rehearsal using the sample I took from apologia for free and I found they could do it. I just order the book from Bookdepository. They were very deer for us, actually. Comparing to school fee, it was nothing (much cheaper).
After three weeks being shipped, they just turned up. I checked and I found some cool experiments within. We started from lesson one discussing about botany and plant classification. I was very surprised that kids can recall all phylum classification in lesson one with the criteria they are classified into.
What we did so far:
- Reading the text with some discussion and diagram construction.
- Asking questions for each of them
- Everyone made an oral narration while I was writing it in their draft.
- Kids reread and copy the draft to a good copy.
The first chapter was about Botany
- Introduction to botany and biology
- Classification concept, principle, and hierarchy
- Phylum Classification: Anthophyta, Corniferophyta, Pterophyta, and Bryophyta
The Second chapter is about Seeds
- Inside the Seeds
- Monocotyledon and Dicotyledon
There are also some experiments and games along with those topics. We just finished the second point in the second chapter. We were very surprised that plant seeds have embryo like human embryo inside. It is also amazing that there were seeds from King Tut's age which was 3000 years ago that is growing right now.
We also did some observation about seeds using our digital microscope.
Object: sunflower seeds, green bean seeds, peanut seeds.
We soaked the seeds with hot water 30 minutes before the lesson so that the testa or the seed coat got wrinkled. It makes the hilum or the belly button getting bigger.
Here are what we found:
Here are some kids' works and some printable notebooking pages I made to suit their preference.
After discussing about botany and classification, Ken summarized his knowledge while I was taking a note to his. Here is the printable if you are interested to reproduce and use. The one that Ken used is different with the printable as it is from the Apologia, while the printable I made has no place for picture.
Tom drew these pictures after we discussed about the phylum classification. Here is the printable available for you.
This notebooking is very simple, but it takes a great effort for Tom having that kind of handwriting. Here is the printable link.
Reading botany with kids makes me learn together with them. Even I learn things that I didn't get at school at all. I wasn't confident doing this topic as I wasn't really good at. Learning together with kids are great. Making notebooking pages is not as complicated as it was anymore.